Looking beyond a one-year spending round is needed to implement a comprehensive workforce strategy for the NHS Long Term Plan, the RPS has said in its response to Wednesday’s ‘spending round’ announcement.
In his speech, Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid promised an “infrastructure revolution”, more funding for social care and no cuts for any government department next year.
Despite the Brexit economic uncertainties, the Chancellor announced more money for “the people’s priorities”- education, health and the police, ending a decade of austerity.
“We can now afford to spend more on vital public services,” he said.
Claire Anderson, the Chair of the RPS in England, welcomed the Chancellor’s “recognition of the importance of funding education and professional development”.
“Delivering the NHS Long Term Plan will now require a comprehensive and adequately-funded workforce strategy to support recruitment, training and education. This will need to look beyond a one-year spending round,” she said.
Anderson also called for a common foundation programme for all newly registered pharmacists.
“As the NHS aims to develop an adaptable and flexible workforce, it will be vital to ensure that pharmacists can access consistent and quality-assured professional development wherever they may work,” she added.
(With agency inputs)